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What is access to justice?

“There is a serious access to justice problem in Canada. The civil and family justice system is too complex, too slow and too expensive. It is too often incapable of producing just outcomes that are proportional to the problems brought to it or reflective of the needs of the people it is meant to serve.” Access to Civil and Family Justice: A Roadmap for Change” Action Committee, 2013 [PDF]

A2JBC has adopted the Roadmap for Change definition of access to justice: “Access to justice means enabling people to avoid, manage, and resolve civil and family legal problems and disputes.”

For example, access to justice includes providing people with the information they need to understand the law, or supporting them to resolve their own disputes without having to go to court.

A2JBC takes an expansive view of the BC family and civil justice system to include not just courts, but all services, institutions and organizations that support people in getting the skills, knowledge, resources and services they need to manage their legal problems.